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Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings

How to Change Windows 7 Homegroup File and Folder Sharing Settings
Published by Brink
05 Dec 2009
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How to Change Windows 7 Homegroup File and Folder Sharing Settings

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When you create or join a homegroup, you select the libraries and printers you want to share with other people in the homegroup. Selected Libraries are set to be shared with Read only access by default, which means that you can look at or listen to what's in the library, but you can't make changes to the files in it unless this is changed by the owner of the shared library to allow the homegroup to be able to do.

When you join a homegroup, all user accounts, except the Guest account, on your computer become members of the homegroup. Each user controls access to his or her own libraries.

This will show you how to change your user account's library files and folders level of access settings for how you specifically want them to be allowed or prevented for sharing with the homegroup.





OPTION ONE
Allow or Prevent Sharing Libraries or Printers

NOTE: This allows you to allow (check) or prevent (uncheck) an entire library or printer from being shared with the homegroup with Read only access unless the level of access (Read or Read/Write) is changed in the other options below. This option is the same one that you initially set when you created or joined a homegroup.
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the HomeGroup icon.
A) Go to step 4.
OR

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.
A) In the Network and Sharing Center, click on the Choose homegroup and sharing options link. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-network_sharing_control_center.jpg
B) Go to step 4.
3. Open Windows Explorer, then right click on Homegroup in the navigation pane and click on Change HomeGroup settings. (See screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-homegroup_menu.jpg
4. Check (to allow) or uncheck (to prevent) what libraries and printers that you want to share from your user account on your computer with everyone on any other computer that joins this homegroup, then click on Save Changes. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-libraries_and_printers.jpg



OPTION TWO
Allow or Prevent Sharing User Files and Folders in Libraries


Note   Note
This will show you different ways on how to set specific files and folders from your personal user folders that are included by default in a library to either have a Read only or Read/Write sharing level of access for everyone who joins the homegroup, or to Remove (Specific People) from the homegroup and not be shared at all.



LEVELS OF ACCESS:
  • Nobody - This option removes and prevents the selected file, folder, or library from being shared with the homegroup.
  • Homegroup (Read) - This options allows the selected file, folder, or library to be shared with your entire homegroupóbut people in your homegroup can only open the item. Other homegroup members can't modify or delete it.
  • Homegroup (Read/Write) - This option allows the selected file, folder, or library to be shared with your entire homegroup and lets them open, modify, or delete it.
  • Specific People - This option allows you to select to Remove and prevent the selected file, folder, or library from being shared with the homegroup.
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1. Open Libraries from within a Windows Explorer window.

2. Select (highlight) one or more Library folders, or files or folders in a library that you want to remove or change the level of access for sharing with the homegroup.
NOTE: This is not available with the public folders included in the libraries. You will need to use OPTION THREE below for these folders and files instead.

3. From the Toolbar
A) Click on the Share with toolbar button, and select what level of access you want to have for it. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-toolbar.jpg
OR

4. From the Navigation Pane
A) Right click on the Library folder, or a folder in a library, then click on Share with and select what level of access you want to have for it. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-navigation_pane.jpg
OR

5. From a File or Folder in a Library
A) Right click on the selected single or more than one file and folder, then click on Share with and select what level of access you want to have for it. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-file_folder_in__library.jpg
OR

6. From a Library
A) Right click on the selected library or libraries, then click on Share with and select what level of access you want to have for it. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-library_folder.jpg




OPTION THREE
Allow or Prevent Sharing Public Files and Folders in Libraries

NOTE: This will allow or prevent sharing all of your computer's public folders included in libraries with everyone that joined the homegroup. You cannot select to allow or prevent specific public folders, or files and folders in these public folders though.
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the HomeGroup icon and select Change advanced sharing settings. (see screenshot below)
A) Go to step 4.
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-homegroup.jpg
OR

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Network and Sharing Center icon and click on the Change advanced sharing settings link. (see screenshot below)
A) Go to step 4.

Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-advanced.jpg
OR

3. Right click on a Public folder or file from any of the same locations in OPTION TWO above, then click on Share with and Advanced sharing settings. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-public_files_folders.jpg
4. Under the Home or Work (current profile) settings, go to the Public folder sharing section. (see screenshot below)
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings-advanced_sharing_settings.jpg
5. To Allow Sharing Public Files and Folders
A) Select (dot) to Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders, and click on Save changes. (see screenshot above)
6. To Prevent Sharing Public Files and Folders
A) Select (dot) to Turn off Public folder sharing..., and click on Save changes. (see screenshot below step 4)
That's it,
Shawn





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02 Dec 2010   #1
tommyrosberg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi.
Good tutorial. Very explanatory.
I have two Windows 7 computers on the same network at home and have been sharing files and folders between them for a while. How ever, suddently one of them has lost the "Share with Homegroup" options in the "Share with" menu. I may only select "Nobody" and "Specific People". I can still access the the computers from the network folder and everything else seems fine. Have I done something stupid and not been paying attention or could it be something else?

Best regards,
Tommy

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02 Dec 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tommy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Well, at least it's still working.

You might double check the settings at step 4 in the tutorial to make sure that it's still set the same as the screenshot.

Also, double check to make sure that Use Sharing Wizard is checked in Folder Options.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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